Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has an updated menu with a few new dishes, so we swung by to try them out.
Indian-style Bread Service – $21
The bread service hasn’t changed; we just wanted to eat it.
Even with the price raised to $21, this continues to be the gold standard of dishes at Walt Disney World table service restaurants. Five large and diverse bread options paired with nine sauces (10 if you ask for the spiciest sauce, which used to be offered on the board but is still available by request), it is a fun and delicious start to a meal at Sanaa. We don’t know what else to say about our favorite meal in all of Disneydom, other than if you still haven’t been to Sanaa, it’s well beyond time to come try this for yourself. Also, these sauces are fun accompaniments for all other appetizers and entrees, so it’s nice to have them for later.
Lamb Kefta – $13
Char-grilled Ground Lamb with Tunisian Couscous Salad and Ginger-Pear Chutney
Phenomenal. Really well spiced and seasoned inside and out, tender, and bursting with flavor. The couscous and the chutney cool it down a bit, which is perfect for those who might be overwhelmed by the heat (which is still pretty low on the spicy scale). A must-order.
Potjie Inspired – $30
Choose one from the Journey – Goan Seafood Curry, Butter Chicken, Braised Beef, or Pork Vindaloo.
Choose one from the Harvest (Plant-based) – Rajma Masala, Chickpea Wat, Sukuma Wiki, or Lentil Daal served with Scented Basmati Rice
The pork vindaloo, rajma masala, sukuma wiki, and lentil daal are all new.
The Lentil Daal is a little chalky in flavor. It’s nice when combined in a combined bite with the pork, but we couldn’t eat much of it without as it gets to be a little overwhelming, perhaps even a little one-note.
The pork is tender, a little fatty (as intended), with a nice hint of spice in each bite. It pairs well with the rice and most of the harvest accompaniments you can choose. We’d still take the butter chicken over this, but it is nice to see another protein option on the menu.
The Rajman Masala is as advertised, with a lot of kidney beans and some spices and vegetables. There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s a nice side if you like beans. But again, it feels a little one-note and uninteresting.
The Sakuma Wiki is not pictured, but it used to come with the salmon dish that is now retired. It consists of collared greens and golden raisins. It’s a delicious combination of a little sweet and salty. Highly recommended.
Zanzibari Vegetable Curry With Chicken – $22
Seasonal Vegetables with Fragrant Rice
With the cilantro coconut vegetables removed from the Potjie offerings, you can still kind of create the dish with chicken here. What is almost essentially butter chicken is served over vegetables and rice, taking the work out of the dish. The chicken is well-prepared and plentiful, mixed with hearty, fresh vegetables (carrots, pearl onions, edamame, cauliflower, and artichokes) over soft and delicious rice. It’s a winning combination, and it would still be a viable option without meat as well for those interested. The curry sauce is not spicy, but rather offers the right amount of spiced flavors to the dish.
You can order this dish with shrimp instead of chicken. It’s also available with just vegetables for those looking for a plant-based dish.
Samaki Wa Kupaka – $32
Turmeric-marinated Sustainable Fish, Roasted Cauliflower, Yuca Katlesi, and Coconut Gravy
While we lament the loss of the salmon, it is refreshing to see a unique, sustainable selection that fits the restaurant. The white kingklip fish is commonly found along the Southern African coast. Here, it is cooked to tender perfection, practically melting in your mouth. It might be a little under-seasoned, but you can certainly ask for more of the wonderful tangy tamarind-infused coconut gravy that completes the dish. The Yuca Katlesi cake underneath pairs nicely with each bite, adding some starchiness. The roasted cauliflower is a nice change in texture between bites as well.
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